Panchayat & Rural Development (DPRDO)
The Panchayat system in West Bengal is very ancient. The Panchayat Act was passed in West Bengal in 1973. The West Bengal Panchayat Act 1973 introduced the three-tier Panchayati Raj system. At present, the panchayat system in the state is experiencing a renaissance. West Bengal today tops the country in all panchayat and village development schemes. The National Social Assistance Program (NSAP) scheme provides allowances to the elderly, widows, and disabled people. . There are five projects under this program. There are also three special allowance schemes. 98 percent of the project funds are regularly delivered to the beneficiaries through bank or post office accounts. Efforts are underway to make direct payments through this account universal. There are also Provident Fund Scheme for Landless Agricultural Laborers (PROFLAL) and Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana (AABY).
A new project has been implemented in the name of Sambyathi. 2,000 in cash will be paid as a one-time grant to the nearest member of the poor family who cannot afford the funeral and incidental expenses at a crematorium or graveyard or equivalent place of cremation on the death of a member of a poor family through this scheme.
In order to properly implement all these projects, we need to take continuous initiatives to reach the benefits of government initiatives to the marginalized people, so that all people can participate in the development work. Be aware so that more people can take the opportunity of various projects. It will be the responsibility of the Panchayat to make the people aware and take appropriate initiatives to implement the project.